Waste disposal contract awarded

The contract to finance, build,
own and operate a waste disposal facility on Grand Cayman has been awarded to US-based
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., of West Hampton, New Hampshire, the Cayman Islands government announced late Friday.

The company, owned by Waste Management Inc., is tasked with
developing a comprehensive solid waste disposal management and waste-to-energy
facility for Grand Cayman.

Department of Environmental
Health Director Roydell Carter said a total of ten companies submitted bids for the contract. All ten were
required to include an outline of solid waste
management options for the Sister Islands in their proposals.

According to the tender document, the new facility should generate
electricity and other green energy byproducts and implement a recycling
program.

“It must be environmentally friendly, accept all types of waste, handle
newly-generated waste and effectively manage and reduce all existing landfill
waste at the George Town landfill site,” the bid documents read.

Minister for District Administration Juliana O’Connor-Connolly called the contract grant a major step forward for
sustainable waste management in the Cayman Islands: “We are certainly looking
forward to move ahead on this important and long-awaited project. I thank
everyone involved for making it happen,” she added.

Please see more details on this story in next week’s editions of the Caymanian Compass.

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